Central Arizona DX Association
We are the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 130 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club and a member club of the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA).
The August Meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday night, August 2nd, at the PERA Club.
Ned Stearns, AA7A, has promised a first “sneak peek” at some pictures and stories from the Baker Island DXpedition. The remainder of the evening will be a D-I-Y program of storytelling about our personal journeys in the hobby. We have done these before and it is always fun to hear stories about how we got started in the hobby, who our Elmers were, and how many of us scrounged to put together our first station, and how we got hooked on DXing.
Please feel free to arrive early to socialize with your friends. Refreshments will be served at the break. Guests are always welcome.
The July 5th meeting was well attended despite being a day after the big holiday. We had one of the club’s Honorary Members, John Warburton, G4IRN, give us a presentation from England via Skype about his one-man DXpedition to the Andaman Islands where he operated as VU4G.
John deserves our appreciation for getting out of bed at 3:30 am local time to speak to us about his amazingly brave journey. John did not receive his final operating permission until he was at the airport for his final flight from India over to the island destination.
One memorable slide from his program was the warning about not going near the water because of the danger of being attacked by salt water crocodiles. Who knew???
From DX Heat
July Meeting Recap
The whole focus of the DX world this past month was on the Baker Island DXpedition, KH1/KH7Z. This little speck in the South Pacific Ocean had not been on the air for many years and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extremely particular about who receives permission to go there. The Dateline DX Association received permission, but not for a time of year that is good for DXers or humans in general. With temperatures over 100 degrees every day and no natural shade, it is a brutal environment, particularly when you add the physical effort required to bring all required gear on shore and construct the shelters, antennas, and all the life support gear needed for a successful DXpedition. Despite all their challenges, the Baker Island DXpedition was remarkably successful, making over 70,000 QSOs. Both AA7A and N7CW were on the team from CADXA and, aside from one badly bruised toe (Ned), seem to have survived the adventure in good shape as part of the 14-man team.
As many of you know, this was the first big test of the DXpedition “Fox/Hound” version of FT8 that AA7A and others had been developing and testing for the past 6 months. All of their hard work paid off big time with thousands of FT8 QSOs logged during radio conditions that were marginal at best much of the time on the traditional modes of CW, SSB, and RTTY. I know that many CADXA members were successful in making QSOs with Baker on FT8 as well as the other modes. We had a definite West Coast advantage for this one! Congratulations to Bud and Ned for a job well done and welcome home!
The fun continues with Sporadic E season on 6 meters. The CQWW VHF Contest had a few openings to the eastern USA with activity on all modes. There was major confusion on FT8 between the "contest" shorter QSO option and the regular format. I expect Joe Taylor and his team will come up with a solution before too long. This morning (July 23rd) saw an epic multi-hop E opening to Europe the likes of which I had only dreamed about. I was lucky enough to be QRV and added 5 new DXCC countries to my totals.
Announced DX Operations
CADXA Repeater and Net
The K5VT repeater is open to all DX enthusiasts. Our CADXA net is on hiatus while the club explores the possibility of moving the repeater to a new location.
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Courtesy of The Daily DX™
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